The government has issued a severe heat warning for next week. This may affect the safety of your classes. Please do an adequate risk assessment to determine if it is safe both at the venue and to travel to the venue for yourself and your students.


Continue to be vigilant for Covid symptoms and update your risk assessments regularly if you have not already done so.

Latest Gov guidelines for Belly dancers: see exercise

Latest guidelines for Belly Dancers, see exercise

The third week in July 2022 has a severe heatwave warning. Please read the Government guidelines: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/heatwave-plan-for-england/beat-the-heat-staying-safe-in-hot-weather

Heatwave Plan 2022: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/heatwave-plan-for-england

Gov guidance oncovid-19-measures-for-grassroots-sport-participants-providers-and-facility-operators (updated 23/02/2022)

Stay Safe Gov guidelines on Covid-19 (updated 23/02/2022)

WHO update on Covid-19- communication between workers and employers. *Also discusses discrimination and mental health.

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How to distance and belly Dance…

How to distance and belly Dance

So how do I go about creating a physical distance expectation?

  1. How to distance as you belly dance? Now that is a challenge! How do I do that?

In England, the RULE of 6 applies. So what does that mean and how do you Belly Dance and Distance at the same time?

How to distance as you Belly Dance…

Plan, prepare your class, practice mindfulness and put parameters in place
  1. The rule of six for Belly Dance classes… 

    Firstly, don’t have more than 6 in a class unless you can ensure that within the group people stay in groups of no more than 6. (where local and Gov guidelines allow) 

  2. Secondly: Plan your cases ahead of time and know the pitfalls 
  3. Thirdly: Prepare your class. Tell them the rules. Warn them to distance.
  4. Fourth on the list is to keep reminding the class to distance.
  5. Finally: Practice mindfulness bring your students to the present

Choreograph distance into your Belly Dance

  1. To follow covid rules. Draw temporary lines on the floor to guide belly dancers within distanced parameters whilst moving.
  2. Similarly, use choreographic devices such as the following: stretch out your arms and visualize a circle and dance inside it.
  3. Get creative and explore the element of space in your dance.
  4. Pull a rope or long sari between two people or a longer one for rows at a correct (for covid guidelines) physical distance and choreograph or don’t! Simply put, play with the concept!
  5. Develop a solo dance.
  6. Explore the issues that come up at this time

Another set of etiquette for belly dance at a distance

  • Naturally, it is always good to be courteous. Avoid shouting (always do that!) or raising your voice in class to limit the spread of larger droplets.
  • In the time you took to prepare the way you will develop the habit to clean as you go along. 
  • Since you will have sterilized props before giving them out, all that remains is for people to take turns, collect and return props… always maintain physical distance.
  • Always keep paperwork one sheet per person and don’t share. Create a system for handing out with minimum touch and distance kept at all times.
  • So what else can I do to Belly Dance at a safe distance?

  1. Use props that require ample space to use and unconsciously dancers will, hopefully, adhere to distance.
  2. Minimise movement, if necessary mark travelling steps out in place
  3. Allow one person at a time to perform in the hall/studio if travelling steps are to be learned and ensure distance. 
  4. Watch other people dance, this  is learning too this allows for a routine with travel to be shown in full with adequate distancing for home practice

Due Diligence, what is it and why is it needed for Belly Dance classes during covid

Due Diligence for Belly Dance Classes.
Why do Belly Dancers need to practice due diligence, but what is it?
  1. Due Diligence for Belly Dance Classes is showing you have done everything you could to prevent a problem.
  2. It is taking care and precautions for health, safety and prevent and keeping accurate records.
 *Keep accurate records and follow gov and gdpr guidelines*

How do I use room and zoom for my Belly Dance classes?

How do I use room and zoom for my Belly Dance classes?

Try using Room and Zoom or equivalent for your online classes during covid

Teaching online whilst also teaching in-person may help both those who can’t come to class and may help improve your dance business.

What is room and zoom when it’s at home?

This is where your class or workshop is taught in a room, it can be a studio or your own home, and recorded on a platform such as zoom, to share teaching either live or at a later date.

How can we rebuild confidence for Belly dancers during Covid-19?

Rebuilding confidence for dancers during Covid-19

  1. It may take some time for people to return to dancing
  2. You may feel nervous to do so, for oh so many reasons…
  3. Start by talking with everyone
  4. Check all health and safety advice before each session
  5. Encourage others to be open about their feelings and concerns
  6. Consult everyone as part of your risk assessment
  7. If you can’t meet or dance, keep lines of communication open
  8. Work on confidence
  9. Consider visualizing movement where space is restricted as even that may be beneficial (and even fun!)
  10. This will take time and as we are uncertain due to the current crisis it is hard to make decisions on what is safe or not. But… you can work on communication and cohesion with your group, so whatever you all decide,  do it together and meet online if needed.